The playoffs are officially underway. The race to the bay is on. Who will win this weekend to stay in the hunt to play for the Lombardi Trophy? Let’s take a look and see how this weekend’s games may go.
The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since 1993, but that streak has a good chance of ending this week. They ended the season with a ten-game winning streak. What’s more impressive is that they have played this well without star running back Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL in week five. Free addition Jeremy Maclin and rookie cornerback Marcus Peters have played a huge part in the Chiefs season.
The Texans are on a three-game winning streak and have won the past two games by a combined score of 64-12, but this Chiefs team is hot and should come out with the win.
The Bengals are still searching for their first playoff win since 1990. They will have to win without Andy Dalton, who has been out the past three games with a broken thumb. The Bengals defense has allowed 17.4 points per game (second best in the league), but Ben Roethlisberger and the third-ranked Steelers offense should do enough to pull out the win against the Dalton-less Bengals.
The Vikings got embarrassed by the Seahawks 38-7 last month, but the Vikings are 3-1 lost since and are a different team. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph was out that game and linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith left early in that game with injuries. All are back now. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has also been playing better since then (six touchdowns and one interception).
The game temperature is expected to be below zero. Look for the Vikings to benefit from that more than the Seahawks. The Vikings do not have much of a passing game, but have Adrian Peterson running the ball. They also have a very good defense.
The Redskins are on a four-game winning streak, while the Packers are banged up and not the same team as the previous five seasons. They are still a good team, but not the same. The loss of Jordy Nelson has been huge for them. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been one of the league’s biggest surprises this season and the Redskins are 6-2 at home. They will send the Packers packing their bags.
Super Bowl Prediction:
New England Patriots over Carolina Panthers
MVP: Tom Brady
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